Ford 8.8...the best disc brake conversion for your Jeep, and the bonus is a much stronger rear axle
X2. The 8.8 is THE only way to go, not only for the disc brakes, but also for the strength.
This!... don't throw money in to a Dana 35. It's in the bible, Exodus I believe. Thou shalt not build a dana 35.
X2. I totally agree. Don't throw money into junk, it will still only be junk.
I think that the ZJ Grand Cherokee ran the Dana 35 and had the 5on4.5 wheel pattern that you want. I have not done the swap, but from what I understand it is a bolt-on. What's nice is while it doesn't make the axle semi- or full-floating, if you break an axle shaft on the rear end your wheel will stay on. Hopefully at least long enough to get off the trail. I was planning on doing the same thing before I did my axle swap.
Rear discs are nice, my rig has bigger rear brakes than front ones currently. The brake pedal went from a "whoa" pedal to a "stop" pedal
You will need to resarch the lines, but I would suspect that the ZJ axle has soft lines from the calipers, then connects to hard lines that connect to a tee. I would imagine that you could just connect the Wrangler tee to the ZJ lines, if the fittings turn.
It is a noob question, but my old lady let me get lucky last night so I'm in a generous mood. Great day ain't it?
True. Eveything from a 93-98 GC will transfer right over, except for the parking brake lines, except....look at the post below the next quote;
Of all the disk brake conversions I've read no one had a good solution for the parking brake. That's the major reason I didn't do the convertion. Since I have a 5 speed that's a must
M.O.R.E. sells a parking brake conversion for the 8.8, and since there have been others who have said that the brake cable mountings seem to be identical, I see no reason why they shouldn't work on a D35 as well. I have compared the brake-ends of the 8.8 and the GC cables, and they were identical in every way that I could see. But, this doesn't mean that I am supporting anyone on keeping their D35, unless they don't plan on wheeling it too hard. In which case, if you can do a rear disc brake conversion on the cheap, then by all means go for it. I almost did until I had realized that I can get a whole 8.8 axle with discs for less ($200.00 pulled and out the door) than what it would have cost me just for a disc brake conversion for a D35.